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Mama Lacona's Italian Restaurant

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3825 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323-2420
+1 515-270-0022
10:30 - 15:00
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Sun 10:30 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only go for Sunday brunch, which is excellent variety n fantastic on the taste buds. If looking for buffet on Sunday look no further than this place. Prime rid, fried chicken, pizza, waffles, desert, beacon, fish, lasagna, ribs, etc will not disappoint you. What might be thorn in the side is amount of waiters/waitress. Hummm I saw 3 last time... More 

Thank Dominic G
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133 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch with a group all from out of town. What a great place. Table of 6 all ordered different dishes. Excellent food and atmosphere. They have some interesting specials and will plan on their Friday lunch buffet or weekend brunch. Located on a strip mall was surprised when we walked in . Very nice atmosphere.

Thank Jan F
Des Moines, Iowa
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125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I attended with a group and we were seated in a separate room. A TV was available for viewing but we did not use. I ordered the Veal Parmesan which is rare to find on a menu in the Des Moines, IA area. It was very good. I also had a dinner salad (extra charge) with the house dressing which... More 

Thank torpdo
Urbandale, Iowa
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

we had heard some good things about Mama Lacona's. We always like to try local restaurants. While we did not have a bad meal, nothing was memorable. We had fettuccini alfredo, cavatelli and kids mac n cheese. Meals were decent, but honestly for the prices I would have expected better quality. As I said nothing that was memorable. Service was... More 

Thank Sheplo
Durango, Colorado
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a special place in my heart. I've eaten here every time I've been to Des Moines in the past 45 years. This is the third location and the quality never changes. The rolls are made from pizza dough and are a carb lover's dream. Their pasta offerings are large enough to share or take for leftovers. This... More 

Thank Suzie416
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in around 6:30 pm. They were very pleasant and friendly. This was our first time there.Everyone was very attentive and ready to take your order.The food was really good.We got the special.Wed.night was spaghetti and meatballs. It came with a salad,rolls,and 2 Large meatballs with spaghetti. We drank water. The bill was just under 20.00.

Thank Peggy K
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Choices for Sunday brunch were displayed in several areas around the perimeter of the restaurant. While there was a nice selection of typical brunch fare (scrambled eggs, link sausage, bacon, chicken, fish, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a couple of pasta dishes), the items in the chafing dishes were not even warm. Cinnamon rolls were rock-hard on the bottom. Pizza... More 

Thank Mel M
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This was my first time eating here. We went around 7:30pm and there were lots of open tables. We were greeted & seated right away. The server was fast & friendly. The cheeseburgers were on special for $6.95. Great deal! The food was very good. Would definitely return.

Thank Afish37
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Okay, this place is a bit Americanized in its décor, but their red sauce is a treat. I recommend getting steak with a side of pasta. Let me warn you, though, their rolls are totally addictive. Pizzas are good here, too, and have that traditional pizzeria taste.

Thank slfiscusalbracht
Trego, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

While staying at a nearby motel I felt very fortunate to find this gem in a strip mall. What attracted me especially was the offering of gluten-free items on the menu. They have an extensive menu for those who have no restrictions. It is an attractive environment. The staff was very fast, friendly, and efficient. I would definitely return when... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 15:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3825 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323-2420
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: +1 515-270-0022

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?